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Zara Phillips Pregnant: Prince's Cousin Also Expecting, Palace Reports

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Monday, 08 Jul 2013 03:39 PM

By David Ogul

Prince William and Kate Middleton aren't the only royals who are expecting. Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, is also pregnant, Buckingham Palace is reporting.

Zara Phillips, 32, is married to rugby player Mike Tindall and is 16th in line to the throne. Reuters news service notes the pair is known as the outdoor, sporting type, with Zara Phillips winning an equestrian silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games in London and her husband being the former captain of England’s rugby union team.

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Zara Phillips’ mother, Princess Anne, is the Queen’s only daughter. Princess Anne and her former husband, Mark Phillips, had two children, Zara and Peter.

Phillips and Tindall married in 2011. Their child will be the Queen’s fourth great-grandchild.

The British press is reporting that Phillips will continue to participate in equestrian events during her pregnancy.

The Telegraph reported Phillips is scheduled to compete at the Brightling International Horse Trials this week, and is set for additional competitions on July 19 and 27.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the New Year.

No due date was announced.

Royal watchers, meanwhile, are awaiting the imminent birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child, who would be third in line to the throne.

Many are gambling on whether the child is a boy or girl and when the royal child will be born. US Weekly is offering a competition to guess the weight and birth date of the baby correctly. The winner will get a Princess cruise.

Middleton’s child will formally be known as His (or Her) Royal Highness the Prince (or Princess) of Cambridge.

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